A native Floridian and Miami-Dade resident nearly all her life, Cindy Brown holds bachelors degrees from the University of Miami in psychology and criminology and is the current executive director of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. She’s also a highly accomplished executive and champion of the LGBT community.
From 1992 through 1995 and again from 1997 to 1998, she worked with Health Crisis Network helping coordinate AIDS Walk Miami (1992 through 1995 and again in 1997) and White Party (1992 through 1995). She later became the program director for the United Foundation for AIDS staying almost two years, before becoming the president and CEO of Cenergy Productions in 2000. Here she organized and produced events for organizations including GLSEN and the Dade Human Rights Foundation per her resume.
In late 2001 she began a near seven year run as the managing director of Miami Light Project, “a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society,” and supports performing artists and productions worldwide, per its website.
In 2008 Brown moved back in to event production and “revived Cenergy as a private fundraising & event production Consultation Company,” where her clients, per her resume, included SAVE Dade, Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Gay Youth and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) — amongst others.
Brown has also held numerous board positions: SAVE Dade, the Dade Human Rights Foundation and The Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida among them. As of 2013 she is the treasurer/director of the MGLFF.
With so much to her credit, and as a standout leader of the LGBT community, one can only ask, does Ms. Brown ever find time to sleep? Likely not. And if her career to this point is any indication, she’s likely just getting warmed up.